It appears that fewer students are choosing to enroll in college.
A report released by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center Thursday revealed a 2.3 percent dip in students choosing to attend college during the spring of 2013. This year’s numbers represent a big leap from last spring, when enrollment only declined 0.3 percent from the previous year.
The decline in college enrollment can be attributed to the improving economy, which has allowed more students to return to the workforce, according to a press release from the organization.
"It's reflective of good news for the economy and labor market," Doug Shapiro, executive director of National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, told USA Today.
According to the survey, enrollment declined for every type of university besides four-year nonprofit universities, which had an enrollment increase of 0.5 percent since spring of last year. Four-year for-profit colleges experienced the biggest decline in enrollment, with 8.7 percent fewer students matriculating.
Meanwhile, two-year public colleges experienced an enrollment decline of 3.6 percent, and four-year public schools experienced an enrollment decline of 1.1 percent.
Enrollment declined across every part of the country, according to the data. Although fewer women enrolled in college than men this spring, females still made up more than 57 percent of spring 2013 enrollments, the news release notes.
The report was based on data collected from 95 percent of the nation’s Title IV colleges and universities. (Title IV allows institutions to grant students federal financial aid.
Earlier on HuffPost:
Tall People Scholarship
Are you tall? If you're a man who is at least 6'2" or a woman who is at least 5'10", you may be eligible for the Tall Clubs International Scholarship <a href="http://www.tall.org/scholarships.cfm" target="_hplink">worth $1,000</a>. <em>In the photo: China's former NBA superstar Yao Ming, a newly elected member of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) of Shanghai, takes part in a meeting of Shanghai People's Congress in Shanghai on January 10, 2011. Not content with owning a basketball team, studying business and making wine, China's former NBA superstar Yao Ming has now become the youngest -- and tallest -- legislative advisor in Shanghai.</em>
If you're the type of person who thinks Pibb Xtra cannot possibly substitute for a nice cold Dr. Pepper, then you could get a couple thousand bucks for your loyalty. Dr. Pepper <a href="http://wtfscholarships.com/dr-pepper-scholarship-2011/" target="_hplink">wants to reward</a> its most loyal collegiate fans with $2,500 scholarships.
Average Student Scholarship
The comedy website <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/08/college-humor-average-student-scholarship_n_2433565.html?utm_hp_ref=college">CollegeHumor announced it will give away two $5,000 scholarships to lucky-but-average</a> students for "being themselves." In a statement announcing the scholarship, CollegeHumor argued that plenty of funds already help academically gifted students, but staff wanted to create an award for the "majority of students who fall somewhere in the middle." “Some of the funniest, longest-serving writers at CollegeHumor—myself included—were unexceptional students," said Streeter Seidell, editor-in-chief of CollegeHumor.com. "We did our work and got decent grades, but we never really stood out in either direction academically. And now, in these difficult economic times, it's getting harder and harder for average students like we were to get free money for no reason at all."
For The Shorter People
So what if you're not that tall? You can still <a href="http://www.aie.org/scholarships/detail.cfm?id=18834" target="_hplink">grab a $1,000 scholarship</a> from the Billy Barty Foundation if you are diagnosed with a form of dwarfism. <em>In the photo: Actor Verne Troyer attends the premiere of Columbia Pictures' 'Jack And Jill' at the Regency Village Theatre on November 6, 2011 in Westwood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)</em>
Tell your younger siblings to get really good at shooting marbles, because they could win a nice scholarship at the <a href="http://www.nationalmarblestournament.org/" target="_hplink">National Marble Tournament</a>. The catch is they have be between 7 and 14 years old. Photo <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:WestAfricanMarbles.jpg" target="_hplink">Credit</a>: Asbestos
Duct Tape Prom Outfits
<a href="http://duckbrand.com/Promotions/stuck-at-prom.aspx" target="_hplink">Duck Brand Duct Tape</a> offers a generous scholarship for people who make their prom dress out of duct tape. Versatility is an amazing thing!
If you're a college student with an interest in entering the confectionery industry, <a href="http://www.aactcandy.org/aactscholarship.asp" target="_hplink">you could be eligible</a> for a $5,000 scholarship. What a sweet deal, eh? <em>In the photo: Items from the candy bar at Bloomingdale's Loyallist Launch Party at Bloomingdale's 59th Street Store on March 8, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Bloomigdales)</em>
We've never met anyone with the last name of Zolp, but if we do, we're going to make sure they know there's a <a href="http://www.luc.edu/finaid/scholarships_others.shtml" target="_hplink">scholarship waiting</a> for them at Loyola University Chicago. Photo of Loyola's campus. Photo <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Richard_J._Klarchek_Information_Commons.JPG" target="_hplink">Credit</a>: Amerique
Refusing to eat meat could net you a <a href="http://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm" target="_hplink">$5,000 scholarship</a> from the Vegetarian Resource Group.
The American Fire Sprinkler Association gives away $20,000 in scholarships. To enter you must take a <a href="http://www.afsascholarship.org/hsinformation.html" target="_hplink">short quiz on fire sprinklers</a>. Photo <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sprinkler_-_by_Adrian_Sampson.jpg" target="_hplink">Credit</a>: Fruggo